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Today I am refurbishing a Dawn 6SP cast steel engineer's bench vice. Found in yellow:
It hasn't had as hard a life as some other cast steel Dawns I have seen recently:
As is not uncommon, this one came with some free spiders:
Mixed bolts used in the jaws - non-factory:
The socket head bolts took a 7/32" Allen key. The screw had relatively little wear:
The removable nut had less squared-off edges than most of the contemporary Dawns I have seen:
The usual washer/spring/washer/split pin (the latter removed in the below pic) arrangement:
Partway through stripping the paint - the surface finish of the cast steel is generally good:
Jaws cleaned up:
As always, the vice got a light workout after restoration and like any of the Dawn 6" vices it performed extremely well. I rather like the steel vices in use - they have a different feel to the cast iron vices when really tightening up - and it dealt well with the few tasks I threw at it.
Compared to the non-steel 6sp seen here, the text on the side is notably smaller and the casting shape is subtly different on both the dynamic and static jaws.
Check out some other Dawn refurbishments on the general tool reviews page.
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